STARRY HOSTS

‘BOUTANOUR’ AWAY

BOUTANOUR

(pronounced… bout-an-hour)

It is a term, I remember using as a child

to describe the distance from home

to our desired destination…  

It always seemed to take

approximately

ONE HOUR

to get

groceries, clothing, movies, friends,

anything!

“How long does it take?”

BOUTANOUR!

Taking loooooooong car rides

was what we did

when living

in the middle of nowhere…

YA’ DRIVE!!!

I’d tag along with my parents

and all of their friends,

as a 3rd wheel

Everyone would meet up

at some ‘LOCAL’ restaurant

which

was always

BOUTANOUR away!

I was thoroughly entertained

watching the grown ups

having  a grand time

eating, drinking and sometimes

a little dancing

would slip into the mix

if a jukebox was in the house.  

By the end of the night,

the tablecloth became my makeshift duvet

and we would snuggle up together

until it was time

to take

the loooooooong drive

back home

….

BOUTANOUR away!  

In those days…

the security of seat belts

was not yet

‘realized’

and as a pencil thin kid,

the best seat in the house

was calling my name

...

which was the back shelf

of the car

overlooking

the metallic rear deck

aka..

the trunk

with a picture window

that had a view

to die for,

literally

I COULD’VE DIED!

Thanks be to God…

I didn’t then!

Snug as a bobble headed bug

on the rear car rug…

it was stargazing at its best.

So many nights,

I drifted off into the

Land of Questions…  

Where does the world end?  

How many stars are in the universe?

Who made all of this vastness of wonder?  

Looking out of that window,

driving along the dark Arkansas highway

and seeing the giantness around

was the closest definition to Infinity

that I’ve ever come to know.

This artwork is a tribute

to the limitless nature of our Maker.  

It reminds me of the

twinkling heavenly hosts

on those many curious nights…

all coming together

to help paint a picture

of the ONE

who created us all.  

I used to make pictures

with the stars in my mind…  

they became my bedtime stories

to help me pass the time

on those loooooooong drives home

which happened to be

BOUTANOURaway!

“Starry Hosts” 

60 x 48″, mixed media $1800.00

©KimBullenDesigns

By the word of the LORD

were the heavens made.  

Their starry hosts

by the breath of His mouth.

… 

For He spoke,

and it came to be;

He commanded,

and it stood firm.  

Psalms 33: 6-11

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